Serving Size:
1 cup

    Diet Types:
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis


  • 10 ounces penne pasta
  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Dice the onion and bell peppers. Mince the garlic cloves.
  3. In a large skillet sauté the onion and bell peppers in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft. Add additional tablespoon olive oil, garlic and chicken pieces and cook until chicken is done about 5 to 7
  4. minutes.
  5. Turn the heat down to low and add cooked pasta, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  6. Add the pesto, stir and heat before serving.

Helpful hints

  • Substitute whole wheat pasta to boost the fiber content.
  • Replace chicken with turkey or shrimp for a tasty variation.
  • For a lower protein diet decrease the chicken to 12 ounces (17 grams protein per serving).

Nutrients per serving

Calories 340

Protein 25 g

Carbohydrates 33 g

Fat 12 g

Cholesterol 59 mg

Sodium 322 mg

Potassium 450 mg

Phosphorus 257 mg

Calcium 40 mg

Fiber 2.9 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

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